Mauricio Cárdenas Santa María - Minister of Finance

Juan Pablo Zárate - Codirector

Place of Birth: Bogotá, D. C.

Date of Birth: June 9, 1962

Profession: Economist



Academic Background:


  • Ph.D. in Economics
    University of California, Berkeley, 1991 - California .
  • Master's Degree in Economics
    Universidad de los Andes, 1987, Bogotá.
  • Economist
    Universidad de los Andes, 1985, Bogotá



Professional Experience:


  • Minister of Finance and Public Credit from September 2012 to date.
  • Minister of Mines and Energy, September 2011-September 2012.
  • Initiative Director for Latin America, Brookings Institution, Washington D.C., August de 2008-August 2011.
  • Executive Director at Fedesarrollo, Bogotá, September 2003-August 2008.
  • CEO, Titularizadora Colombiana, July 2001-September 2003.
  • Visiting Professor at the Center for International Development, Harvard University, from March to June 2001.
  • Consultant on social safety networks, IDB, September 2000-June 2001.
  • Consultant on secondary mortgage market, IFC, September 2000-June 2001. 
  • Director, National Planning Department (DNP) Colombia, August 1999-July 2000. 
  • Minister of Transport, Colombia, August 1998-August 1999. Executive Director, Fedesarrollo, Bogotá, Colombia, February 1996-August 1998.
  • Director, Mission for Studies on Capital Market in Colombia, 1995. Research Associate, Fedesarrollo, Bogotá, Colombia, August 1994-January 1996.
  • Minister of Economic Development, Colombia, January-August 1994. General Manager, Empresa de Energía de Bogotá, Colombia, 1993. 
  • Deputy Director, Fedesarrollo, Bogotá, Colombia, April 1992-1993. 
  • Editor of the journal Coyuntura Económica, April 1993. 
  • Graduate student-researcher, Institute for Business and Economic Research, University of California, Berkeley, 1991. 
  • Internship, International Debt and Finance Division, World Bank, Washington, D.C., June-July 1990. 
  • Researcher, Fedesarrollo, Bogotá, Colombia, 1985-1987. 
  • Research Assistant, Center for Studies on Economic Development (CEDE), Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia, 1983.

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